Matthew Lynn, Columnist for Bloomberg: ‘Apple iPhone Will Fail in a Late, Defensive Move’

I’m collecting links like this. I’m thinking they’ll make for a nice laugh in about a year or so.

Lastly, the iPhone is a defensive product. It is mainly designed to protect the iPod, which is coming under attack from mobile manufacturers adding music players to their handsets. Yet defensive products don’t usually work — consumers are interested in new things, not reheated versions of old things.

Right. The iPhone isn’t a new thing, it’s just a reheated iPod.

Also great is Lynn’s wishlist for features that would truly constitute “a fresh blast of competition”:

Or with never-ending batteries? Or chargers that don’t weigh three times as much as the phone?

Never-ending batteries? Jiminy, why hasn’t anyone ever thought of that before? Oh, that’s right, because of the laws of physics.

Monday, 15 January 2007